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Jul 09 08:49

Gen Z Adults Encourage Each Other To Sign Up For Facial Recognition At Music Festivals

By MassPrivateI

USA Today’s reporter Dawn Gilberston, offers a disturbing glimpse into the mass media’s collusion with TSA-style checkpoints at public venues.

The story describes how happy a young woman is to join IdentoGo’s TSA PreCheck just so she can avoid check-in lines at music festivals...

Jul 08 12:42

Pedosadist Elites Panic: Congress Bill Wants To End Child Porn In Pentagon Networks; Epstein Arrested, Files To Be Unsealed On Powerful Clients

By Aaron Kesel

America is receiving a hell of a Christmas in July present – a bill in Congress is being pushed to end child porn sharing in Pentagon networks, and Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for child trafficking. Additionally, an appeal court ordered that all files pertaining to Epstein’s case of wealthy powerful clients will be released to the press and public...

Jul 08 12:04

WSJ EXPOSES CONFLICTS OF INTEREST INVOLVING AMAZON, PENTAGON OVER $10B JEDI CONTRACT

Amazon's surging profits over the past few years have had little to do with the company's core business of selling stuff - or allowing third parties to sell stuff - on its online marketplace. Instead, Jeff Bezos has built Amazon Web Services into a cloud computing behemoth, allowing tens of thousands of companies to outsource their back-end responsibilities. But after years of explosive growth, AWS' revenue growth has started to slow in recent quarters. Which has made securing a multi-billion-dollar DoD cloud-computing contract all the more important to Bezos & Co. Unfortunately for them, the process for awarding the contract to build the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, has become embroiled in controversy, as rivals have sued alleging they were unfairly excluded from the bidding.

Jul 08 10:25

Over 1k Android apps harvest your data even if denied permission – study

The findings were presented at PrivacyCon, a conference hosted by the US Federal Trade Commission in late June.

The study’s sample contained some 88,000 apps from the Google Play store. Researchers then investigated their data transfer process after the user denied them permission to access data. They found that 1,325 of them used workarounds to circumvent the denial, in order to collect data from sources across the phone’s software.

One of the apps mentioned by name was Shutterfly, which is used for editing photos. The study found that it gathers GPS coordinates of where photos were taken and then sends the information to its own servers, regardless of whether users allowed or declined the app permission to access their location.

Jul 08 09:05

The Windows 10 misinformation machine fires up again

Strangely, Gordon doesn't link to the actual Microsoft article documenting the KB4501375 update, preferring to quote a fourth-rate tech site instead. But I looked it up for myself ("June 27, 2019—KB4501375 [OS Build 18362.207]") and you will I am sure be shocked, shocked to learn that once again our Mr. Kelly has gotten his facts spectacularly wrong.

Jul 08 08:26

Post-election Crackdown in Mauritania: Internet Shutdown Lifted, Journalist Remains in Detention

By Afef Abrougui

Mauritanian authorities restored access to the Internet after disrupting it for 10 days following the disputed presidential elections of June 23. However, the government continues to restrict press freedom and freedom of expression as part of its post-election crackdown.

Government-backed candidate, Mohamed Ould Ghazouani, garnered 52 percent of the vote, but widespread allegations of fraud have marred the election...

Jul 08 08:22

Vegebot Farm Robot Uses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

A vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest a commonplace, but challenging, agricultural crop has been developed by engineers.

The ‘Vegebot’, developed by a team at the University of Cambridge, was initially trained to recognise and harvest iceberg lettuce in a lab setting. It has now been successfully tested in a variety of field conditions in cooperation with G’s Growers, a local fruit and vegetable co-operative...

Jul 08 06:56

Amazon Seeks Permission to Launch 3,236 Internet Satellites

Amazon wants the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to give it the go-ahead to launch 3,236 satellites that would be used to establish a globe-spanning internet network. Seeking Alpha reported that Amazon expects "to offer service to tens of millions of underserved customers around the world" via the network, which the company is developing under the code-name Project Kuiper.

Jul 07 13:33

In America Money Literally Is Time - Unless Of Course You're Bernie Sanders

Money raised graphed against speaking time in the first Democratic presidential debate. As usual, there's a relationship that is nearly one to one.

What is anomalous is the 'lower tier candidate' effect: slightly less bang for their buck.

And downright unusual is the amount of time given -- or should I say not given -- to Bernie Sanders.

Original graph by Corporanon.

Jul 07 11:00

Windows 10 Keeps Getting Worse

Jul 07 10:03

Who Should You Believe About Health Risks from Cell Towers: Firefighters, Insurance Companies, Telecoms, Kevin Costner?

By B.N. Frank

Since 2004, the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) has opposed the use of their stations for cell towers and antennas due to health risks to personnel. Their website includes many pages of research including a study done on firefighters themselves.

Since at least 2014, telecom companies have been warning investors that eventually they may be held liable and have to pay large settlements because of harm caused by their products...

Jul 07 07:58

Flashback: In 2017, The First Robot Granted Citizenship Was 'Happy' But Apparently Not Very Smart

Original post.

Why grant her citizenship?

Well, that one's easy, if you are familiar with the historical regard that this particular country has for women’s rights.

What country?

Saudi Arabia.

Given such painstaking attention to detail, it must not have seemed like much of a stretch.

Jul 07 07:21

Amazon CEO Confirms They Automatically Store Alexa Recordings Indefinitely

By Mayukh Saha

Delaware senator Chris Coons had sent a questionnaire to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in May. He had inquired how Amazon utilizes and retains data from the voice assistant device Alexa. Bezos has now confirmed that the recordings on the device and their transcripts never expire automatically...

Jul 06 21:40

UK's largest police forensics lab paid ransom demand to recover locked data

Eurofins Scientific, the UK's largest police forensics lab contractor, admitted today to paying a ransom to cyber-criminals to regain access to files that had been encrypted by ransomware.

The size of the payment has not been disclosed but appears to have taken place last month, according to BBC sources.

Jul 06 16:16

How to enable DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) in Firefox

A step by step guide to enable DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) support in the Firefox browser.

Jul 06 16:13

Boeing 737 Max's Autopilot Has Problem, European Regulators Find

EASA’s checklist includes a number of issues that have been disclosed: the potential difficulty pilots have in turning the jet’s manual trim wheel, the unreliability of the Max’s angle of attack sensors, inadequate training procedures, and a software issue flagged just last week by the FAA pertaining to a lagging microprocessor. But the agency also listed a previously unreported concern: the autopilot failing to disengage in certain emergencies.

Jul 06 16:10

Mozilla: No plans to enable DNS-over-HTTPS by default in the UK

After the UK's leading industry group of internet service providers named Mozilla an "Internet Villain" because of its intentions to support a new DNS security protocol named DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) inside Firefox, the browser maker told ZDNet that such plans don't currently exist.

"We have no current plans to enable DoH by default in the UK," a spokesperson ZDNet last night.

The browser maker's decision comes after both ISPs and the UK government, through Members of Parliament and the GCHQ, have criticized Mozilla and fellow browser maker Google during the last two months for their plans to support DNS-over-HTTPS.

The technology, if enabled, would thwart the ability of some internet service providers to sniff customer traffic in order to block users from accessing bad sites, such as those hosting copyright-infringing materials, child abuse images, and extremist material.

Jul 06 15:27

Is 5G Tech Safe? Houston Mayoral Candidate Raises Serious Questions

By John Vibes

Derrick Broze is a freelance investigative journalist, author, and public speaker who has been a vocal activist in his hometown of Houston, Texas for many years.

Broze’s most recent battle in Houston has been fighting against the state and local government’s plan to roll out new 5G internet technology throughout the city...

Jul 06 11:01

VENEZUELA FORCES KILLED THOUSANDS, THEN COVERED IT UP, U.N. SAYS

SOURCE: NYTIMES.COM
GENEVA — Venezuelan special forces have carried out thousands of extrajudicial killings in the past 18 months and then manipulated crime scenes to make it look as if the victims had been resisting arrest, the United Nations said on Thursday in a report detailing wide-ranging government abuses targeting political opponents.

Special Action Forces described by witnesses as “death squads” killed 5,287 people in 2018 and another 1,569 by mid-May of this year, in what are officially termed by the Venezuelan government “Operations for the Liberation of the People,” United Nations investigators reported.

Laying out a detailed description of a lawless system of oppression, the report says the actual number of deaths could be much higher. It cites accounts by independent groups who report more than 9,000 killings for “resistance to authority” over the same period.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder just how much "American influencers" had a chance to "cook the numbers" in this report, making them appear to be far worse than it may have been, to get a consensus at the UN for "regime change" in Venezuela, paired with a new, "snap election".

Jul 06 10:55

BORDER PATROL AGENTS TRIED TO DELETE RACIST AND OBSCENE FACEBOOK POSTS. WE ARCHIVED THEM.

THE SCRUBBING BEGAN QUICKLY. At 10:55 a.m., ProPublica published a story reporting the existence of a secret, invitation-only Facebook group for current and former Border Patrol agents that featured vulgar, violent, and misogynistic content directed at migrants and lawmakers.

A little over two hours later, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, called for active-duty agents responsible for the posts to lose their jobs. Minutes after that, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the agency that oversees the Border Patrol, said in a tweet that the inspector general’s office at the Department of Homeland Security was “immediately informed” of the “disturbing social media activity,” and an internal investigation has been launched.

Jul 05 19:05

Amazon Ring Worked With Police in Sting Operations; Posting Facebook Ads Of Petty Crime Suspects

By Aaron Kesel

Amazon Ring is working with police departments all across the U.S. to stage sting operations on would-be package thieves according to several media reports. Meanwhile, if that's not enough of a nightmare, Amazon's Ring is also posting ads on Facebook of suspected petty criminals and calling them "Community Alerts."

Activist Post has previously warned you that it’s not enough that Amazon is on record working with the FBI with its Facial Rekogntion biometric software … no, Amazon is also spying on customers of its recently purchased home security surveillance cameras called “Ring.”...

Jul 05 18:32

Canadian Doctors and Former Microsoft Canada President Warn About Grave Health Risks of 5G

By B.N. Frank

The telecom industry has provided no scientific evidence that 5G is safe and there is research that already proves it isn’t. Because of this, some government leaders have already declared moratoriums on installation. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped 5G installation everywhere – including in Canada – despite publicized opposition from doctors, scientists, and former Microsoft Canada president, Frank Clegg...

Jul 05 15:13

Violent Antifa Accounts Don’t Violate Twitter’s Rules: Conservatives Banned And Censored

A source has told Breitbart News that Antifa accounts on Twitter don’t violate the social media giant’s rules, all while conservatives are being systematically censored and banned from the platform. Although this should come as a surprise to no one, every single person should be concerned that big tech companies are choosing political sides rather than allowing free speech.

Jul 05 12:38

Is Cuba Trying to Outlaw Independent Media? New Decree Will Prohibit Foreign Web Hosting

By Ellery Roberts Biddle

Cuban officials issued a decree law on July 4 that prohibits Cuban citizens from running websites hosted outside of the country. The law deals a heavy blow to Cuba’s growing independent media sector, where nearly all media sites and blogs take advantage of foreign hosting services and blogging platforms.

The law offers no details on its implementation — it is unclear whether it will affect people who use foreign-based social media platforms to publish their views — but Cubans say it presents at least two significant problems ...

Jul 04 19:15

Complexities of 5G and National Security

By Renee Parsons

In case you missed the kickoff, there is an unprecedented ‘must win’ wireless race for the US to cross the 5G finish line before China as alluded to during the recent Senate Commerce Committee oversight hearing on the Federal Communications Commission.

The details were thin with no real discussion on the need for 5G or its complexities including the national security implications...

Jul 04 17:27

Here's a great idea: Why don't we hardcode the same private key into all our smart home hubs?

Smart home company Zipato hardcoded the same private SSH key into every one of its hubs, leaving its system open to hacking, researchers revealed this week.

The eggheads at security shop Black Marble demonstrated in a blog post how that flaw, combined with two related vulnerabilities, allows them to access the hub and devices connected to it. The upshot: they can open your front door with a laptop.

Jul 04 14:27

Scott Adams: Happy President Trump Day, TDS, Portland and B*tCh*te

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1146781060614594561

Death threats for providing fireworks…on the 4th of July
Death threats to miniAOC funny parody family
NYT’s thought leader Charles Blow…now has blood on his hands
“The drift toward the unimaginable is unmistakable”
Progressive YouTube is also losing big from censorship
Portland Chief of Police proposes a “mask ban” for events
Antifa intentionally attacks the heads of their victims
Head attacks should be a death penalty crime

Jul 04 13:50

Technological Dependence And The End Of Freedom

Op-Ed by Brandon Smith

Technology can be dazzling but also debilitating to real human progress, and when I say “progress” I do not mean advancements in the world of machines but advancements in the world of people, and one does not necessarily lead to the other.

First, I fully recognize that whenever anyone attempts to criticize technological innovation they take the risk of being labeled a “crackpot” or an “outdated fossil”, a barbaric relic of a foregone era. However, this attitude is an ignorant one. It assumes that the path we are on as a species is one of perpetual improvement as long as we continue to follow the great technology god; but what if this assumption is completely wrong? What if we are actually devolving rather than evolving?...

Jul 04 12:48

Police Departments Begin Dumping Faulty Pre-Crime A.I. Programs

By Nicholas West

Slowly but surely it seems the promises made by Big Tech that the answers to crime could be provided by mass surveillance and artificial intelligence have not delivered...

Jul 04 09:45

Massive Cyber Attack on the US? — What’s Really Happening?

By Asger Folmann

There is a massive cyber attack happening in the US, yet the media only describes an “internet outage”. This is extremely improbable, and in reality we are almost certainly dealing with an organized group of hackers.

In this video, I describe what is likely happening. Could it have anything to do with Julian Assange?

Jul 04 07:46

New Website Makes It Easy to Contact U.S. Elected Officials and Voice Opposition to 5G

By B.N. Frank

The telecom industry has provided no scientific evidence that 5G is safe.

Thanks to The People’s Initiative Foundation for setting up this webpage and getting straight to the point with their campaign, “Let’s Kill 5G Before It Kills Us.”...

Jul 03 17:41

Bitcoin's energy consumption 'equals that of Switzerland'

Currently, the tool estimates that Bitcoin is using around seven gigawatts of electricity, equal to 0.21% of the world's supply.

That is as much power as would be generated by seven Dungeness nuclear power plants at once.

Over the course of a year, this equates to roughly the same power consumption as Switzerland.

Jul 03 17:35

Thumbs Down to Facebook’s Cryptocurrency

Only a fool would trust Facebook with his or her financial wellbeing. But maybe that’s the point: with so much personal data on some 2.4 billion monthly active users, who knows better than Facebook just how many suckers are born every minute?

Jul 03 14:07

Next-Generation Global Satellites Could Completely Erase Privacy: MIT

By Nicholas West

The emergence of low-cost micro satellites is a trend that I’ve been covering for several years. It has spawned a global surveillance arms race that has drawn interest from the usual military sources like GEOINT, DARPA and Lockheed Martin, as well as commercial interests such as DigitalGlobe and EarthNow, the latter of which received backing from Bill Gates.

The holy grail is, of course, to create a web of surveillance with the capability to access streaming HD video in real-time for any location on the planet...

Jul 03 12:29

BREAKING: 'Mini-AOC' Done Doing Videos Because of 'Death Threats,' 'Left's Harassment'

The viral video machine that was Ava "Mini AOC" Martinez will no longer be making videos mocking socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), because reports are surfacing that supporters of Ocasio-Cortez have allegedly repeatedly harassed, doxxed and made "death threats" against the child and her family.

Jul 03 11:43

Walmart and Others Train Employees with Virtual Reality Despite Research Proving Harm Caused by It

By B.N. Frank

Research has already proven that Virtual Reality (VR) is not safe. The goggles expose users to harmful (and sometimes blinding) Blue Light and harmful (and sometimes cancerous) Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) at close-range...

Jul 03 10:47

Catherine Austin Fitts Interviews Patrick Wood On Technocracy

By Catherine Austin Fitts

This is a transcript from an extensive and wide-ranging interview with Catherine Austin Fitts on June 13, 2019. We covered Opportunity Zones, Smart Cities and Technocracy. It is a must-read for everyone wanting to understand the economic side of Technocracy...

Jul 03 07:37

AMAZON ADMITS IT KEEPS ALEXA VOICE RECORDINGS INDEFINITELY

Amazon last week confirmed that it keeps transcripts of interactions with Alexa, even after users have deleted the voice recordings.

Jul 03 06:25

Candles4Assange: Catalans Celebrate WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s Birthday; March For Own Freedom

By Aaron Kesel

Today, people all over the world are celebrating WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange’s birthday, and Freedom Of Press with the #Candles4Julian campaign, but one group of people — the Catalans — are also marching in a hunger strike celebrating their independence and fighting for the freedom of their own politically imprisoned comrades...

Jul 02 19:08

SpaceX Rivals Make Claims of Special Treatment to Blast Earth With WiFi and 5G Radiation

By B.N. Frank

Activist Post has been reporting about the growing list of credible sources who continue issuing warnings about satellites and similar devices being sent into space and the stratosphere to blast harmful WiFi and 5G back down at us on Earth. But there are many companies jockeying for position with the FCC...

Jul 02 16:47

Facebook Plans More Targeting of “Misinformation” Leading Up The 2020 Election

Civil rights for everyone – just as long as you fall in line and promote the official narrative and make sure you agree with Facebook’s agenda. This is becoming too easy to see as censorship anymore. Anyone falling for this is a victim of propaganda designed to manipulate thoughts and opinions. Don’t fall for it.

Jul 02 16:03

The most important thing to check before buying a Chromebook

Google's able to control Chromebook updates completely on its own — and that means pipin' hot software can roll out to all current devices within days of its release, regardless of who made each laptop or where it was purchased. (And, uh, yeah: Suffice it to say, the same can't exactly be said for Android.)

That's a valuable assurance to have, especially when you're spending hundreds of dollars on a computer you'd ideally like to use for a while. But as with many things in life, Chromebooks do have built-in expiration dates — points at which they'll no longer receive operating system updates and thus won't be advisable to use. And no matter what kind of deal you think you're getting on a Chromebook, the ultimate price you're paying is really all relative to that one variable and how long it allows the laptop to remain viable.

Jul 02 15:37

Amazon Alexa keeps your data with no expiration date, and shares it too

"Amazon's response leaves open the possibility that transcripts of user voice interactions with Alexa are not deleted from all of Amazon's servers, even after a user has deleted a recording of his or her voice," the lawmaker said in a statement. "What's more, the extent to which this data is shared with third parties, and how those third parties use and control that information, is still unclear."

Amazon said it uses the transcripts for training its voice assistant, and also so customers can know what Alexa thought it heard for voice commands. Those transcripts aren't anonymized -- Amazon explained that they're associated with every user's account.

Jul 02 15:34

UChicago SUED for providing Google with sensitive patient data

A former University of Chicago medical patient filed a class-action lawsuit against the University of Chicago and Google, claiming that the University of Chicago Medical Center is giving private patient information to the tech giant without patients' consent.

About two years ago, the university medical center partnered with Google with the hope of identifying patterns in patient health records to help predict future medical issues.

Now, former patient Matt Dinerstein is filing a lawsuit on behalf of the medical center’s patients, alleging that the university violated privacy laws by sharing sensitive health records with Google from 2009 to 2016, aiding Google’s goal of creating a digital health record system, according to the Chicago Maroon.

Jul 02 15:31

Endless AI-generated spam risks clogging up Google’s search results

Over the past year, AI systems have made huge strides in their ability to generate convincing text, churning out everything from song lyrics to short stories. Experts have warned that these tools could be used to spread political disinformation, but there’s another target that’s equally plausible and potentially more lucrative: gaming Google.

Instead of being used to create fake news, AI could churn out infinite blogs, websites, and marketing spam. The content would be cheap to produce and stuffed full of relevant keywords. But like most AI-generated text, it would only have surface meaning, with little correspondence to the real world. It would be the information equivalent of empty calories, but still potentially difficult for a search engine to distinguish from the real thing.

Jul 02 13:32

Scott Adams: AOC Theater, Nike, Democrat Polls, Kim’s Health

Comments at: https://twitter.com/ScottAdamsSays/status/1146056006427746305

Comparing President Trump’s style to President Obama’s style
AOC’s strong visual persuasion talent
YouTube is routinely demonetizing my videos…why?
Selective edit creates OPPOSITE opinion of what full video shows?
Ability to reverse appearance of what happened is scary
Bill Pulte giving money away to help change society
FB border control group postings “filled” with derogatory things
Tucker Carlson noted that Chairman Kim was wheezing at DMZ
President Trump made a point of mentioning he’s healthy
Designing a perfect house…How they SHOULD be built, but aren’t

Jul 02 12:25

ADL: Google Search 'Redirect' Program Built to Fight ISIS Will Now Be Used On Americans

Google-funded Moonshot CVE is working together with the Anti-Defamation League and the Google Jigsaw-partnered Gen Next Foundation to "redirect" Google searches related to "extremist narratives" -- such as the idea that there is a "'European' identity" that is "under threat" -- the president of the ADL announced Monday.

Jul 02 12:16

AT&T Outage Hits Emergency Services Calls and Texting in Multiple States

An outage hit AT&T network callers on Tuesday, affecting calls to emergency services and users’ ability to send text messages.

Several regions reported the network issues, with police departments advising AT&T users that emergency services were unable to be reached in some areas. A spokesperson for AT&T confirmed the issues in a statement to Gizmodo.

“Earlier this morning some wireless customers may have been unable to connect to 911. This has been resolved and we apologize to anyone who was affected,” a spokesperson said by email.

Jul 02 12:11

Security flaws in a popular smart home hub let hackers unlock front doors

When is a smart home not so smart? When it can be hacked.

That’s exactly what security researchers Chase Dardaman and Jason Wheeler did with one of the Zipato smart hubs. In new research published Tuesday and shared with TechCrunch, Dardaman and Wheeler found three security flaws which, when chained together, could be abused to open a front door with a smart lock.

Jul 02 10:16

Cloudflare Worldwide Outage Caused by Bad Software Deployment

Cloudfare experienced a worldwide outage today for about 30 minutes, with network performance issues that brought down a multitude of websites and web services all around the world, and triggered "502 Bad Gateway" errors.

While various speculations said that the provider of content delivery network and DDoS mitigation services was being under attack, Cloudfare's John Graham-Cumming says that the 502 errors seen by visitors of Cloudfare sites were actually caused by a spike in CPU utilization on the provider's network.

"This CPU spike was caused by a bad software deploy that was rolled back," adds Graham-Cumming. "Once rolled back the service returned to normal operation and all domains using Cloudflare returned to normal traffic levels."

"This was not an attack (as some have speculated) and we are incredibly sorry that this incident occurred," also stated Graham-Cumming in a post on the company's official blog.

Jul 02 10:14

Google alters search results to discredit nutritional supplements and natural health websites

Following the removal of Mercola.com and many other natural health websites from its search results, Google is now upping the ante by trying to dictate what users search for by completing their queries with all sorts of anti-natural health propaganda.

GreenMedInfo, which was recently banned by Mailchimp for sending out newsletters containing vaccine science, recently conducted an experiment, type the words “organic is a” into Google’s search bar. Here are the autocomplete recommendations that came up:

• organic is a lie
• organic is always non gmo
• organic is a sham
• organic is a myth
• organic is a waste of money
• organic is a marketing gimmick
• organic is always non gmo logo

Jul 02 09:13

California Unveils Big Brother Education System to Track Kids From “Cradle to Career”

By Shane Trejo

The California legislature has approved legislation that will be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to set up an educational system that will use big data to track children from “cradle to career.”

Senate Bill 75 was approved by a vote of 31-7 in the Senate and 62-14 in the Assembly. It will create a “longitudinal” data system that profiles and manipulates pupils from the earliest of ages so they are guided into a career determined by the central planners...

Jul 02 09:02

Google censors “white couples” from image search as part of racist, anti-white “fairness” initiative

We’ve uncovered yet another social justice scheme being perpetrated by Google that involves censoring images of white people from search queries for “white couples.”

To go along with the company’s nefarious efforts to steer people away from eating organic food and taking dietary supplements, Google is now trying to memory hole the existence of white couples by populating its image archive with images of interracial or even black couples when searching for “white couples.”

Jul 02 08:49

Maker of popular smart-home software continues to leave database containing billions of users' passwords OPEN online, report reveals

According to researchers at vpnMentor who discovered the leak, the database contains usernames, email addresses, passwords, and geo-locations and continues to be publicly accessible since their initial discovery in mid-June.

Researchers have repeatedly tried to notify Orvibo -- makers of smart locks, security cameras, smart bulbs, and more -- but have yet to receive a response. In all, the company manufactures more than 100 smart home products.

VpnMentor reports that the the breach appear to affect customers around the world including some in China, Japan, Thailand, the U.S., the U.K., Mexico, France, Australia, and Brazil.

'The amount of data available from Orvibo’s servers is enormous. It’s also highly specific, which shows just how much data smart home devices can collect about their users,' said vpnMentor in a report.

Jul 02 07:40

Second Florida City Pays Hackers. How Smart Cities Leave Themselves Open for Cyberattacks.

By B.N. Frank

A city employee clicking on a malicious link is being blamed for this recent cyber attack in Lake City, Florida. Insurance will cover most of the ransom and taxpayers will cover the rest. Argh.

Hackers targeting local and state governments is on the rise. Regardless, many local and state governments are choosing to set themselves up for this by installing wireless utility Smart Meters, 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT) and by promoting and incorporating Smart Cities...

Jul 01 18:54

AI Created a 3D Replica of Our Universe. We Have No Idea How It Works.

The first-ever artificial intelligence simulation of the universe seems to work like the real thing — and is almost as mysterious.

Researchers reported the new simulation June 24 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The goal was to create a virtual version of the cosmos in order to simulate different conditions for the universe's beginning, but the scientists also hope to study their own simulation to understand why it works so well.

"It's like teaching image-recognition software with lots of pictures of cats and dogs, but then it's able to recognize elephants," study co-author Shirley Ho, a theoretical astrophysicist at the Center for Computational Astrophysics in New York City, said in a statement. "Nobody knows how it does this, and it's a great mystery to be solved."

Jul 01 18:50

Goodbye, tablets

Remember when tablets were hotter than hot and were going to replace PCs? Er, yeah, about that: I don’t think so.

Five years ago, Gartner bravely predicted that more than half of all users would use a tablet or smartphone first — instead of a laptop or desktop — for all online activities. Well, it was half right.

Smartphones, according to NetMarketShare, now make up 54% of the market. Desktops and laptops make up the bulk of the rest, with 41%. Tablets? A mere 4.61%, with their numbers ever declining.

Jul 01 16:00

HOW ISRAELI SPIES ARE FLOODING FACEBOOK AND TWITTER

Israel secretly operates a troll army of thousands, partly funded by a government department. The Ministry of Strategic Affairs is dedicated to a global “war” against BDS, the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement for Palestinian rights.

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